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One of our goals at Fay is the implementation of age appropriate technology to support student learning. To that end, the faculty has been engaged in continuous discussion as to the best practices for technology integration. The following Vision Statement was born from this discussion:

To provide an interactive, safe environment with cutting edge, age appropriate hardware and software to enhance learning in a digital world.

When discussing this vision, the faculty communicated that instructional technology at The Fay School should be:

  • A daily part of instruction
  • Integrated into teaching
  • Cutting edge and forward thinking

With this vision and its associated objectives, The Fay School segments its technology resources by departments:

Upper Elementary (Grades 3-5)

1:1 Programming PHASE ONE – 5th Grade:

Beginning with the 2014-2015 school year The Fay School will be adopting a 1:1 environment with its fifth graders. Each student receives a PC tablet to integrate into both their classroom experience and the work they do at home. In keeping with our core value of preparation we feel it is critical that students experience the ownership and utilization of a personal computing environment prior to graduation.

While our program is not delivered in an exclusively digital environment, students are expected to effectively use the digital tools at their disposal across all subject areas, in collaboration with teachers and classmates, and independently at school and home.

Students will use digital resources for instruction, research, practice, collaboration, production, and assessment.

1:1 Programming PHASE TWO – 4th Grade:

The Fay School is exploring a second phase of implementation to bring grades 3-4 into a 1:1 capable environment. Currently, plans are for students to use personal computers in the classroom exclusively. Digital resources across subject areas would introduce students to using technology independently for instruction, research, practice, collaboration, production, and assessment.

This limited 1:1 approach is designed to expose students to this environment while minimizing the responsibility to manage a device across subject areas and between school and home.

Existing Resources – Grades 3-5:

Our upper elementary department utilizes the following technologies and digital resources:

  • SMARTboards for classroom projection allowing for seamless integration of available digital resources into instruction, resulting in very real interaction with the information, lesson, or activity.
  • Computers on Wheels systems are currently available, allowing faculty to create a 1:1 environment on an as-needed basis.
  • iPad Carts are available for interactive lessons, independent work, and extensive digital resources.

Lower Elementary (Grades K-2)

Lower Elementary classrooms focus on introducing students to core skills necessary for the effective use of technology in Upper Elementary. These skills are introduced during computer class and reinforced through extensive technology integration. Through integration, students experience the core subject areas while using specific technology resources, encouraging mastery of introduced skills.

Existing Resources – Grades-K-2:

Our lower elementary department utilizes the following technologies and digital resources:

  • SMARTboards for classroom projection allowing for seamless integration of available digital resources into instruction, resulting in very real interaction with the information, lesson, or activity.
  • Computers on Wheels systems are currently available, allowing a faculty member to create a 1:1 environment on an as-needed basis.
  • iPad centers are built out in each classroom, giving students access to iPads throughout the day for differentiated instruction, independent work, and research.
  • Two personal computers are provided in each lower elementary classroom, allowing for research, access to Fay's extensive digital content collections, and access to digital curricula tools.

PreSchool (Early Childhood & PreKindergarten

Fay's Preschool provides age-appropriate exposure to technology. Focus is placed on basic interaction and appropriate use. Digital content is used to enrich the experience already present in the classroom.

Existing Resources – Early Childhood and PreKindergarten:

Our preschool department utilizes the following technologies and digital resources:

  • iPad centers are built out in each classroom, giving students access to iPads throughout the day for differentiated instruction, independent work, and research.
  • A personal computer is provided in each PreKindergarten classroom, allowing for research, access to Fay's extensive digital content collections, and access to digital curricula tools.
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